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CHI Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center: Ecmo Specialist Ii

CHI Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

This is a Full-time position in Houston, TX posted August 29, 2021.

OverviewBaylor St.

Luke’s Medical CenterBaylor St.

Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St.

Luke’s Health.

Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A.

Cooley, MD.

The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times.

Baylor St.

Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health.

With more than 700 care sites across the U.S.

& from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S.

residents.

Our world needs compassion like never before.

Our communities need caring and our families need protection.

With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.Position SummaryExtra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a modified cardiopulmonary bypass technique used for the treatment of life threatening cardiac or respiratory failure.

An ECMO specialist is the technical specialist educated to manage the ECMO system including blood pump, tubing, artificial oxygenator, and related equipment.

The ECMO specialist II works under qualified medical direction of Physician.ResponsibilitiesPosition Responsibilities:Monitors and adjusts ECMO circuit settings, (e.G.

heat exchanger temperature, pump flow, sweep gas) to maintain parameters established by the ECMO physician.Infuses blood products, fluids, and/or medications per ECMO protocol.Assess the cardiovascular (hemodynamic) status of the patient through test results (e.G.

ABG’s, CBC, etc.) and physical assessment findings.Performs patient assessment to anticipate and prevent potential problems (e.G., variances in blood pressure, perfusion, and heart rate).Verifies and implements physician’s orders pertaining to drug dosages and monitors potential drug interactions pertaining to the ECMO patient.Monitors and manages fluids according to ECMO protocol and maintains accurate intake and output records to ensure appropriate fluid levels.Utilizes Activated Clotting Time (ACT) values to assess clotting status; adjusts heparin infusion per ECMO protocol.In collaboration with the ECMO physician, evaluates chest x-rays for cannula position; supports and maintains patency of the cannula while patient is undergoing ECMO.Supports ECMO team research through the collection of ECMO related data, preparation and presentation of research abstracts and/or other documentations.Initiates ECMO, terminates ECMO and performs oxygenator/circuit change outs according to physician’s order.Proctors, trains and evaluates ECMO Specialist I according to ECMO protocols.Oversees ECMO Specialist I duties as the senior ECMO Specialist during the shift.QualificationsMinimum Requirements:Education and Licensure:Licensed/provisional Perfusionist in the state of Texas and provisional CCP or CCPMinimum Experience:Graduated from an accredited perfusion school in the United States and eligible to sit for American Boards of Cardiovascular Perfusion.Minimum Knowledge and Skills: Analytical/interpersonal skillsPhysical be able to lift 40lbsDemonstrated competencies

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